| Project Description
The Earth Day
Groceries Project is an activity that promotes environmental awareness
in a school and its community. It is a free activity that thousands of
schools around the world will be involved in on Earth Day, April 22,
2017. The basic idea is this: a school obtains large paper grocery bags
from a local grocery store, students at the school decorate the bags
with colorful environmental messages, the bags are returned to the
store, and the store hands them out (filled with groceries) to shoppers
on Earth Day.
There is no cost for
doing this project, but there are some arrangements to be made ahead of
time. The single most important contact is with the manager of a local
grocery store. A person at the school (principal or designee) should
contact the grocer well in advance and ask for the loan of a
"bundle" (that's 500) of large paper grocery bags.
Once the contact has
been made and the bags received, one person or committee should
coordinate the effort for the school or classrooms that will be involved
in decorating the bags. This is where part of the excitement and
education really begins, as students decide what kind of environmental
message and artwork they would like to have on some shopper's grocery
bag for Earth Day.
Delivering the bags
to the store can be made into a field trip for a classroom or small
student group. This is also a great opportunity to alert the local
media. Many schools have reported positive TV, radio, and newspaper
coverage of the event.
There is a World Wide
Web site coordinating this project. The Earth Day Groceries Project is
one of the oldest and largest educational activities on the Internet.
The web site began as part of Arbor Heights Elementary School, operated
as a nonprofit organization for a few years, and is now maintained by
The last piece of a school's participation
is for someone at the school to submit a report on the project web site.
The school's report will then be listed along with
hundreds of others who have participated. This year, 2017, is the
twenty-fourth year this project has been coordinated on the
Internet! Every report
from the first ten years, from high schools to kindergarten classes,
is archived at the web site. There are also pictures from many schools
showing some of their students involved in the project.
(since 2009, the project has been unable to
host pictures from schools)
The web site address
and the project coordinator is Mark Ahlness:
- Please feel free to visit the web site or email for more information.
We hope your school can participate in 2018, the project's 25th
anniversary! Happy Earth Day!